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Party Seeks Apology From S. Korea

January 4, 1999

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ South Korea’s main opposition party said today it has evidence that President Kim Dae-jung’s government illegally spied on opposition legislators.

The party made the claim after some of its members broke into a room in the parliament building last week and seized government intelligence documents.

The ruling camp has vowed to bring criminal charges against the opposition party for the break-in.

The break-in followed allegations by an opposition legislator that agents of the Agency for National Security Planning, the main government intelligence agency, used room 529 in the National Assembly building to spy on opposition politicians.

Legislators of the opposition Grand National Party seized dozens of documents from the room. Today, the party displayed documents that disclosed, among other things, the political leanings of opposition lawmakers and suggested how the ruling party should respond to them.

``Kim Dae-jung’s administration should kneel down and apologize to the people,″ opposition party chief Lee Hoi-chang told reporters.

Lee said his party will boycott parliamentary proceedings until its demand is met and will also organize protest rallies.

The ruling National Congress for New Politics rejected the opposition’s charges and said the room was set up under the previous government to be used as a liaison office for government intelligence officials.

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